Dale Earnhardt Jr., family OK after airline crash
A plane carrying NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family bounced multiple times during a crash landing on Thursday afternoon and veered off the runway before ending up on fire on a highway in Elizabethton, Tenn., investigators said. Earnhardt’s sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, said in a statement that all five people aboard the plane are ‘‘doing well.’’ Earnhardt was with wife Amy, 15-month-old daughter Isla, two pilots and a dog. Earnhardt, part of NBC’s NASCAR broadcast team, took the weekend off following the crash.
New boss for Brooklyn Nets
In a record sale for a US sports franchise, Joe Tsai, the co-founder of Chinese conglomerate Alibaba, agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion, two people with knowledge of the details said. Tsai purchased 49 percent of the team from Mikhail Prokhorov in 2018, with the option to become controlling owner. The deal with the 55-year-old native of Taiwan is expected to be completed by the end of September and is subject to NBA approval . . . Shekinna Stricklen scored 24 points and made a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds left to help the host Connecticut Sun rally from a late 7-point deficit and beat the Seattle Storm, 79-78. Connecticut (18-8) trailed by as many as 13 in the third quarter.
Padres shelve Tatis Jr.
San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. went on the 10-day injured list with a lower back injury that ‘‘most likely’’ will end his season, according to manager Andy Green. The 20-year-old rookie-of-the-year candidate is batting .317 with 13 doubles, 22 homers and 53 RBIs in 84 games. Green said the injury was the result of ‘‘common usage,’’ and will be reevaluated in three weeks . . . Barrington, R.I., New England’s representative at the Little League World Series, was no-hit by three pitchers from Loudoun South, Va., dropping its opening game, 3-0. They play Bowling Green, Ky., in an elimination game at 3 p.m. Saturday on ABC . . . Kai LaChance of Plymouth Little League will be one of 16 participants in the first-ever Little League Home Run Derby, which will air on ESPN prior to the start of Sunday night’s MLB broadcast from Williamsport, Pa.
Ramos, Serena won’t mix
Umpire Carlos Ramos will be part of the umpiring staff at this year’s US Open, but the US Tennis Association confirmed he will not be assigned to matches involving Serena Williams, with whom he clashed during last year’s women’s final. Ramos called three code-of-conduct violations against Williams, eventually docking her a point and a game as she lost to first-time champion Naomi Osaka . . . Osaka retired from her quarterfinal at the Western & Southern Open in Ohio, unsure what’s going on in her left knee. In another quarterfinal, top-seeded Ashleigh Barty earned a 5-7, 6-2, 6-0, victory over Maria Sakkari, putting her one win shy of regaining the No. 1 world ranking from Osaka.
Hazard’s debut delayed
Eden Hazard injured his left thigh in practice on Friday, and will miss his new soccer team’s Spanish league opener at Celta Vigo on Saturday. Spanish media reports claimed the injury could keep the former Chelsea playmaker, acquired for around 100 million euros (now $110 million) for up to a month . . . Barcelona striker Luiz Suarez had to be substituted after an apparent right leg muscle injury in the first half of the team’s opening Spanish league game, a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao . . . Miguel Angel Jimenez birdied three of the final six holes for a 7-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Monday qualifier Doug Barron in the PGA Tour Champions’ Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y. . . . Edoardo Molinari shot his second straight 6-under 66 and earned a two-shot lead after two rounds of the Czech Masters . . . Football players at the University of Louisiana are being encouraged to donate to a booster organization that funds the athletic department. Coach Billy Napier said this week contributing a minimum $50 was a team rule; the athletic department clarified to say members may “demonstrate their appreciation to the RCAF . . . when they are able.’’